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Education & Human Resources (EHR) Discoveries

NSF's public investment in science, engineering, education and technology helps to create knowledge and sustain prosperity. Read here about the Internet, microbursts, Web browsers, extrasolar planets, and more... a panoply of discoveries and innovations that began with NSF support.

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photo of the aurora in green Springtime night lights: Finding the aurora
Aurorasaurus project allows aurora-viewers around the world to compare sightings
Released  March 31, 2015
girl in a classroom in Kenya Do girls like math? The answer matters
As Women's History Month transitions to Math Awareness Month, we talked with researcher Maria Charles about students’ attitudes about math internationally, and how they are affected by gender
Released  March 31, 2015
four 6th-graders in science class Engaging science for everyone
Reflections from science education pioneer Herb Thier on the value of inquiry-based learning
Released  March 24, 2015
Chein-shiung Wu Pioneering women in STEM
Names you should know, in celebration of Women's History Month
Released  March 17, 2015
Generic Discovery Image Are you a math person?
Talk to education researcher Jere Confrey and you realize that's not really the right question. Everyone can find a way in to mathematics
Released  March 13, 2015
Nadkarni explains tree biology to medium security inmates at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center. Canopy researcher goes out on a (tree) limb to promote public understanding of science
"Treetop Barbie" is among the bold, inventive tools developed by researcher to reach varied audiences
Released  March 12, 2015
student and teacher working at a  computer The Beauty and Joy of Computing in the Big Apple
NSF helps bring successful CS education program from UC Berkeley to New York City public schools
Released  March 11, 2015
Teachers in front of a building Encouraging diversity in computer science education
Effort from University of Virginia trains teachers to recruit, appeal to all students
Released  March 7, 2015
citizen scientist with rain gauge in Rocky Mountains Crowdsourcing yields a more accurate picture of rainfall and snowfall
Citizen scientists involved with the CoCoRaHS project advance their knowledge of atmospheric science while reporting precipitation data that is used by the National Weather Service and other agencies
Released  January 15, 2015
college students in class Rules of engagement: Transforming the teaching of college-level science
A science education advocate who trained as a molecular biologist uses her analytical background to create teaching strategies that energize both students and faculty
Released  December 18, 2014
students and professor with robot and a computer CompuGirls: Young women have role to play in technology field
Latest focus of project is creating humanoid robots
Released  December 12, 2014
Jan Cuny Computer Science Education Week: Expert voices on the value of CS
We asked leading researchers from academia, government and industry to share with us their thoughts about the importance of computer science education
Released  December 12, 2014
ipad showing two student characters Helping students thrive in a digital world
Dual-enrollment computer science classes in Texas provide an on-ramp to STEM careers
Released  December 11, 2014
students and participants at Mobile Apps Expo at Trinity College App-ealing to students through app development
Team led by Trinity College professor develops computer science course that inspires students through mobile application development
Released  December 10, 2014
Rutgers-Newark graduate students  with high-school student and a ground-penetrating radar Forging the path
Geoscience program blossoms into statewide effort to broaden participation in science and engineering
Released  November 12, 2014
Students sell produce at farmers market Soil-free farming prepares next generation for Green Energy future
In a cramped city, growing a garden is a luxury. For some Boston teens, two square feet of space is all they need to grow up to 40 plants--without any soil. Boston College, with funding from NSF, is teaching teens the power of hydroponics
Released  November 6, 2014
students at computer Cybersecurity: It's about way more than countering hackers
Growing professionals in cybersecurity means supporting an interdisciplinary approach that develops sophisticated thinkers
Released  October 30, 2014
James Hewlett holds a black bear cub Community college project gets students on the STEM path
Undergraduates get involved in research activities as part of teaching mission
Released  September 24, 2014
scientist holding a bat Science by, of and for the people
Inspiring scientists and citizens to help conserve Puerto Rico
Released  September 19, 2014
educators shooting video for virtual field trip to Grand Canyon Accomplished research scientists are also outstanding teachers of undergraduates
Of the 15 recently announced Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professors--who will receive $1 million over five years to pursue innovative ideas in the undergraduate science classroom--13 have received support from the National Science Foundation
Released  September 18, 2014
Children taking a test. Harvard University psychologists seek to unlock secrets of children's complex thinking
Study aims to uncover processes that help improve theoretical knowledge
Released  August 14, 2014
Student in science class with balance. Unlocking the secrets of children's complex thinking: The studies
Researchers question how executive function influences the process of learning
Released  August 14, 2014
Julia PArrish Citizen scientists take on problem of Pacific plastics
Citizen science group COASST attacks massive problem of ocean garbage
Released  August 11, 2014
girl taking a photo of a plant with a smart phone With 'Plum Landing,' PBS uses apps to get kids outside
Kids following the example of an animated purple alien named Plum have uploaded more than 70,000 photos and drawings of nature, says PBS
Released  August 4, 2014
physics professor with undergraduates (Really) learning physics
Sustained investment in 'peer instruction' leads to wide-scale use of innovative teaching practice in undergraduate physics education and a Minerva Prize for NSF-funded physicist Eric Mazur
Released  July 16, 2014
Young museum visitors use a paint set of acids and bases to learn about pH. Learning through making
Active tinkering can engage people of all ages in learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
Released  June 17, 2014
Children in a Sea Perch team with a remotely operated vehicle. Competitions inspire STEM learning through innovative project
Engineering challenges engage middle-school students in designing, testing and building – and it happens after school and on Saturdays
Released  June 3, 2014
Hippocampus cells Artificial brains learn to adapt
Neural networks imitate intelligence of biological brains
Released  May 15, 2014
collage of students and faculty Igniting students’ passion for science
Environmental scientists connect with community colleges and diverse communities to engage in STEM topics
Released  May 14, 2014
researcher in a lab testing a mattress for chemicals Crib mattress dangers
NSF-funded researchers discover harmful chemicals in crib mattresses
Released  April 9, 2014

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